Together the Chukchi people and the Siberian Husky dog developed a special relationship born of mutual need and nurtured by mutual respect. Together, they thrived in virtual isolation for centuries in the tundra before the outside world discovered and fell in love with this magnificent dog. Although the present-day Siberian Husky has changed since entering this country in the early 1900s, the breed still maintains many of the qualities that made the Chukchi sled dog such a prized possession. The first known introduction of the Siberian Husky into the United States was to Alaska by a fur trader named Goosack in 1908. Used for sledding, these dogs started winning Alaskan races almost immediately. The word was spreading about this superior strain of sled dog in Siberia.
These are the dogs that started it all.
The first team of Siberian Huskies made its appearance in the All Alaska Sweepstakes Race of 1909.
Later that same year a large number of them were imported to Alaska by Charles Fox Maule Ramsay and his team, driven by John “Iron Man” Johnson, won the grueling 408-mile race in1910.